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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Sunspots 259

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Science:Wired reports on how climate change is affecting, or will affect the wine industry.

Pea aphids have appropriated a gene for color pigment from a fungus, and it is now part of the aphid's genome, according to NPR.

Wired reports on a gene that makes it possible for a flatworm to grow a new head.

Politics: (or Christianity)
CNN points out that Justice Stevens, who is about to retire, is the only Protestant member of the US Supreme Court. (There are two Jews, and six Catholics.)

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Philip Smith said...

The Supreme court religious make-up note was interesting.

Martin LaBar said...

I thought so, too. I guess it shouldn't matter what religion a Justice is, but whether he or she is well-qualified. Of course their view of the law should also matter to those appointing and confirming.